English-speaking community needs formal presence in provincial government, say QCGN members

MONTREAL, June 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) ended its annual meeting in Montreal this weekend with a new Board of Directors, a renewed Strategic Plan and a consensus that Quebec's English-speaking community needs formal representation in the provincial government.

"We did not discuss what form that representation should take - perhaps a dedicated minister, a commissioner or an ombudsman - but our members were clear that our community needs a government body that is designated to advise the provincial government on the development of strategies, priorities and programs for English-speaking Quebecers," said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux. His comments followed a presentation on how the federal government and several provinces and territories have ensured such representation for their minority communities.

To real the full version of this press release, go to www.qcgn.ca/news

The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 41 English-language community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders.

SOURCE: Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)

For further information:

Rita Legault, Director of Communications, rita.legault@qcgn.ca Telephone:  514-868-9044, ext. 223, cellular:  514-912-6555

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